ed help at a bank or shop in Taiwan? A robot will be at your service shortly. Japanese tech giant Softbank said Monday, the customers at certain banks and French retailer Carrefour will come face to face with Pepper, Softbank's human like robot, later this year. The company will introduce about 100 robots, and Taiwan will be one of the first markets outside Japan to get them.
It's all part of Softbank founder Masayoshi Son's plan to ride the wave known as the Internet of Things. A system of interconnected gadgets, vehicles and detectors that gather and swap data. It's why the company made a huge acquisition of chip giant ARM last week too. But back to Pepper.
The robot will help with customer service at the banking divisions of First Financial Holding Company, Tai Shin Financial Holding Company, and the life insurance unit of Cafe Financial Holding Company, among others. Carrefour will put two Pepper's into it's Taiwanese shops to see how they interact with kids and grown ups.
The robots' contract maker, Foxconn, hopes to rent out 60 per month at the cost of about almost $900 each by the first half of 2017. Taiwan's locals however won't be able to scoop up personal Peppers to clean up around the house just yet. For now the robots are all business.